Apple Future Product Roadmap iPhone iPad MacBook

Written on 05/31/2024
Taylor Bell


Upcoming products provides an overview of everything that we're expecting to see from Apple in both the near and more distant future, and the products that have already come out in 2024.

JUNE 2024

Apple holds its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and this is where it introduces new versions of the software that run on Apple devices and which will be officially released several months later. Sometimes WWDC includes new hardware products, but there are no rumors about June 2024 product launches as of yet.

iOS 18 - iOS 18 is rumored to be a "groundbreaking" software update with major new features and designs. It could, in fact, be the biggest software update we've seen in the iPhone's history, with a focus on AI features. Apple plans to introduce generative AI technology across much of the operating system, building it into apps like Apple Music and Shortcuts, and using it to improve Siri. Siri is expected to get smarter, with new integration with Messages and better natural conversation capabilities. iOS 18 is also expected to have some design changes and it will introduce RCS for more seamless text conversations between iPhone and Android users.

iPadOS 18 - iPadOS 18 is expected to have many of the same AI features that are coming to iOS 18.

macOS 15 - We don't yet know much at all about macOS 15 as of yet, but it will be the successor to macOS Sonoma and is also likely to get new AI functionality.

tvOS 18 - tvOS 18 is another update that we don't know anything about as of yet, but tvOS is refreshed on an annual basis.

watchOS 11 - watchOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. There's no word yet on what's coming in watchOS 11.

visionOS 2 - We'll get our first update to visionOS in June with the introduction of visionOS 2.

SEPTEMBER 2024

In September, Apple will introduce the iPhone 16 lineup and new Apple Watch models.

iPhone 16 - The iPhone 16 models are getting an Action button, a Capture button for taking video when the iPhone is in landscape orientation, and a new horizontal rear camera that will likely allow for capturing spatial video. We're also expecting the iPhone 16 to adopt a faster A18 chip built on Apple's 3-nanometer process.

iPhone 16 Pro - The iPhone 16 Pro models will have larger 6.3 and 6.9-inch displays, but will otherwise look much like the iPhone 15 Pro models. They'll also get the new Capture button for taking video, with the mmWave antenna set to be relocated to the other side of the device. An A18 Pro chip is rumored to be in the works, but it will likely only bring minor speed improvements. An upgraded 48-megapixel Ultra Wide lens is expected, and the smaller iPhone 16 Pro will get the 5x Telephoto lens that was previously limited to the iPhone 15 Pro Max in 2023.

Apple Watch X - Apple could have a major Apple Watch update in store for the 10th anniversary of the device. Rumors suggest Apple is planning for a redesigned, thinner Apple Watch X that has a magnetic band attachment system to make it easier to swap out bands and to cut down on the space that bands use up inside the device. New health feature are rumored, including blood pressure monitoring for detecting hypertension and sleep apnea detection.

New Apple Watch Ultra - We haven't heard specific rumors about a refreshed Apple Watch Ultra in 2024, but Apple will likely do a minor update to add any new health features that are introduced.

AirPods 4 - New AirPods are expected to come out alongside the iPhone 16 lineup. Apple plans to debut two different models for the first time, one that is lower cost and one that has Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which has previously been an AirPods Pro-only feature. The ANC version will be the more expensive version, but both are said to have a new design with shorter stems and an upgraded USB-C charging case that has a built-in speaker for Find My.

LATE 2024 TO EARLY 2025

Apple will begin updating the Mac mini with M4 chips starting in late 2024 and early 2025.

iMac - The 24-inch iMac will be updated with the next-generation M4 chip in late 2024. The M4 is expected to feature improved performance to support AI tasks, and rumors suggest that Apple will add an updated Neural Engine with more cores.

MacBook Pro - Apple will refresh the MacBook Pro lineup with the M4-series chips in late 2024. The entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro will get the M4 chip, while the 14-inch and 16-inch models will be equipped with M4 Pro and M4 Max chips.

Mac mini - The Mac mini will likely be refreshed around the same time as the MacBook Pro in late 2024. Right now, Apple sells a standard M2 version and an M2 Pro version, and we are expecting that to continue with the M4 lineup. The Mac mini will include M4 and M4 Pro chip options.

LATE 2025

M4 Mac updates will continue into 2025, and will be spread out throughout the year.

MacBook Air - Apple plans to refresh the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models sometime in spring 2025, updating them with M4 chips. Design changes are not expected, with the focus to be on the chip refresh. Spring 2025 ranges from March 20 to June 20.

Mac Studio - The Mac Studio was updated with M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips in June 2023, and it sounds like Apple might possibly skip M3 chips in the desktop machine. Current rumors suggest the Mac Studio will be updated in mid-2025, and mid-year updates usually happen around WWDC. The Mac Studio will likely get M4 Max and M4 Ultra chips, keeping in line with the current options.

Mac Pro - Apple plans to update the Mac Pro sometime in late 2025. It will be equipped with the highest-end version of the M4 chip, which is codenamed "Hidra," and it could be either an "Ultra" or "Extreme" M4 chip. The Mac Pro is also expected to support up to 512GB Unified Memory.

PRODUCTS WITHOUT RELEASE DATE

There are several new products in the works that don't yet have specific release dates associated with them at this time.

Apple TV 4K - A new Apple TV 4K with a faster A16 processor is said to be coming in the first half of 2024.

AirPods Max - Apple is expected to refresh the AirPods Max with a USB-C port and new colors.


iPad mini 7 - The next iPad mini won't have any design updates, but it could have an upgraded A-series chip and new front and rear cameras.

Low-cost iPad - Apple is working on an 11th-generation iPad with a faster chip and support for Wi-Fi 6E.

Home Hub Device - Rumors suggest Apple is working on a smart home display that would serve as a central hub for controlling smart home products, and it could launch as soon as 2024.

New Display - There have been multiple rumors of a Pro Display XDR successor, but there's no word on when an update might come.

PRODUCTS IN DEVELOPMENT

iMac Pro - Apple could introduce a larger 32-inch iMac, replacing the previously discontinued 27-inch iMac at some point. Apple's plans continue to be unclear, and it's not clear if and when a larger iMac will see a launch.

Foldable iPhone - Apple is allegedly working on a foldable iPhone that might be between 7.5 and 8 inches, with a launch date slated for 2027 at the earliest.

Foldable iPad/Mac - Before we ever get a foldable iPhone, Apple will introduce some kind of foldable notebook and perhaps a foldable iPad. Current rumors suggest that Apple is working on a 20-inch MacBook that has a foldable display, but it won't come out for at least three years.

Vision Pro 2 - Apple is working on a new Vision Pro, or multiple new models. Rumors are a little mixed right now, but Apple seems to want a successor for the current model and also a lower-cost version that would be closer in price to the iPhone.